Ricciardo pleased with race despite pit fiasco
30 March 2014 – Daniel Ricciardo says he was pleased with his performance at the Malaysian Grand Prix despite missing out on scoring his first points of the season.
Ricciardo was running in fourth place but he was released early from his third stop and had to be wheeled back to his pit box. His Red Bull mechanics services his RB10 but he rejoined the action way down the field.
The stewards deemed that Red Bull had not safely released the car and the Australian was slapped with a stop an go penalty. Ricciardo's front wing also came loose following his pit stop woes and Red Bull opted to retire his car with a few laps remaining.
"Yeah it was definitely disappointing," he told BBC Sport. "It was looking like a solid points finish, the start was really good and I made positions. I was starting to mix it up at the front which is fun but at the last pit stop we had an issue, a puncture, front wing issue, the stop go [penalty]. The race went from looking really good to really bad in a short amount of time."
"Deep down I’m really disappointed but in me there’s a bit that’s happy as I’ve come out how I wanted to. We’ve started off on the front foot and hopefully we can soon get some points. A lot of people probably don’t expect it as I’m the happy guy and smiling, [they] think I’m too nice, but I’m here. You’ll see me up there plenty of times this year."